The Return of the Living Dead

Synopsis: When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains.
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director(s): Dan O'Bannon
Production: HBO Video
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

you ever saw in here?

I have seen weird things come,

and I have seen weird things go.

But the weirdest thing I ever saw

just had to cap it all.

Yeah? What's that?

Let me ask you a question, kid.

Did you see that movie

Night of the Living Dead?

That's the one where the corpses

start eating the people, right?

Sure. What about it?

Did you know that movie

was based on a true case?

Come on, you're shitting me, right?

I've never been more serious in my life.

That's not possible. They showed

zombies taking over the world.

They changed it all around.

What really happened was...

back in 1969, in Pittsburgh,

at the VA hospital...

there was a chemical spill...

and all that stuff leaked down

into the morgue...

and it made all the dead bodies

jump around as though it was alive.

- What chemical?

- 245-Trioxin, it's called.

It was to spray on marijuana or something.

And the Darrow Chemical Company

was trying to develop it for the army.

And they told

the guy who made the movie...

that if he told the true story,

they'd just sue his ass off.

So he changed all the facts around.

What really happened?

They closed it all down...

and the army shipped

all that contaminated dirt...

and all those dead bodies out.

And they kept it a secret.

How come you know about it?

A typical army f*ck-up.

The transportation department got

the orders crossed...

and they shipped those bodies here...

instead of to the Darrow Chemical Company.


Hi, honey.

No, I'll be home in about an hour.

You keep the pot roast hot, okay?

Sure, I love you too, honey.

Yeah. Kiss, kiss.

Wanna see them?

- See them?

- The corpses.

What are you talking about?

- They're down in the basement.

- No.

- Come on.

- No way.

Mind the third step. It's a bitch.

They just brought the bodies here

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Dan O'Bannon

Daniel Thomas "Dan" O'Bannon (September 30, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American film screenwriter, director, visual effects supervisor, and occasional actor, usually in the science fiction and horror genres.O'Bannon is best known for having written the screenplay for Alien, adapted from a story he wrote with Ronald Shusett. He also contributed computer animation to Star Wars, worked on cult classics such as Dark Star, Heavy Metal, and Total Recall, and wrote and directed the horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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